The Tree House Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County, Maryland (The Tree House) is the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) that serves suspected victims of child abuse and neglect, and their families, for all of Montgomery County, Maryland. The Tree House provides accessible, comprehensive services in the form of mental health assessment and treatment, medical evaluations, family advocacy, and forensic interviewing to a diverse population of children with histories of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and/or neglect who are living within or were abused within Montgomery County.
The Tree House Internship Program is a structured, 12-month program. Interns engage in training for 2,000 hours with the goal of fulfilling the requirements of an APA Accredited internship. Interns complete in-person trainings and orientations to prepare them for service delivery.
The Tree House is an ideal setting for psychology students who are interested in receiving training in child maltreatment or trauma. A main purpose of the internship program is to build interns’ expertise in childhood trauma and corresponding mental health issues. The internship program will also build the trainees’ understanding and knowledge of efficacious interventions used to treat these difficulties. Under the supervision of licensed psychologists, interns will provide evidenced-based assessment, consultation, and therapy services (including group, individual, and family therapies) to children and families who have a history of experiencing trauma. Interns will develop competencies in delivering specific evidence-based trauma-focused treatments, such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT). Consistent with The Tree House mission, these interventions are aimed at reducing child victims’ trauma, preventing further harm, and helping children and families to live in safe, healthy environments where children can develop to their full potential.
For more information about our program, please review our internship brochure: